Parent warns kids at risk

GLADSTONE parents should be aware of good hygiene practices if their children are in child care.

Hand, foot and mouth disease is doing the rounds of Gladstone childcare centres this winter, and parents are saying it is more severe this year than other years.

Hand, foot and mouth disease is generally not a serious illness, but can turn into meningitis if left untreated.

It is the second most common infection behind the common cold.

Gladstone mum Kayla Jones' 15-month-old daughter Maddison has been a victim of the infection in recent weeks.

Maddison developed a red rash covering her legs, blisters in her mouth and fevers.

“She went off her food all together because of the blisters in her mouth,” Kayla said.

“Maddison's blisters became infected and she had to go on a course of antibiotics.”

Hand, foot and mouth disease is highly contagious and remains in the child's faeces for six weeks following the illness.

The virus lays dormant for three to five days before the symptoms become visible.

Kayla said she wants Gladstone parents to be aware of the virus as the children become quite unwell and parents may need time off work to care for them.

“There were no letters sent out from my daughter's daycare centre to say this was going around and it wasn't until Maddison was diagnosed that I found out about other cases,” she said.

“I think daycare centres have an obligation to tell parents when it (virus) is making its rounds.

“I have heard there are about 15 cases a day being reported to doctors and I know of at least three other cases at Maddison's daycare centre.

“I had to take a week off work to care for Maddison.”

Local doctors refused to comment on the number of cases treated.



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